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RBRawkus on “Sound Transit: Ten on-Train Robberies in January; Three Arrests”:

Frankly, crime can happen anywhere. But, y’all are over reacting…it’s really not even close to being dangerous. Honestly, no where in Seattle is truly dangerous. Clearly, y’all have never lived in any other city. Me, coming from Detroit, it’s common sense to pay attention to your surroundings, make eye contact with people, and not be playing around with expensive gadgets in public. Really, if you feel that unsafe, get a permit and carry a pistol. Most of these crimes are committed [by] teens with nothing better to do. They all have access to decent schools and do not live in extreme poverty. As is the case for youth in Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans. These kids commit crimes to “prove” something, they ain’t hungry. Keep your head on a swivel and make eye contact. “I see you, seeing me” and keep your damn phones in your pockets.

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9 comments on “Comment of the Week Goes To…

  1. Amen! I get so fed up with people making blanket statements that the area is “really dangerous” or that it’s simply “unsafe” to walk home from the light rail stations between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. We’re seeing an uptick of certain crimes, and that should be addressed because it has affected our sense of security. However, saying that the area is dangerous is painting with too broad of a brush.

  2. Anyone know what was going on in New Holly early this a.m., around 3:00? Was woken up by a very loud bang, then heard someone screaming. Cops showed up, (4-5 cars) K9 unit swept the park (Bamboo Park) and surrounding area, took pictures of and gathered “evidence” in a couple of bags, then left about an hour later.

  3. I disagree with the Comment of the Week since it is comparing apples versus oranges. What matters is the stats close by to where we live and where there are more resources allocated like SPD officers in other parts of town like West Seattle, etc

  4. I have to say that I do not often interfere with these type of threads, but I was pretty amazed that someone from Detroit would down play the violent crimes in the south end to some kind of child play and being our fault for using our phones or whatever. The fact of the matter is even a child who is 8 years old can commit robberies, rape, murder etc and its not any less violent that an adult doing it. There can be no over reaction to any violent crimes in any place on the planet. I too grew up in Detroit and also spent 8 years in Bed Sty Brooklyn before moving to Seattle. This city has serious violence just like everywhere else, its not less or more than anywhere else. In fact I would say that I probably felt more secure in NY and Detroit, knowing who my neighbors were than I do here. I can tell you that in the past 6 months or so I have seen more violence including murders in our neighborhood that I did in any 6 month period living in Detroit. There really is a problem here, its not a new problem, but one that has resurfaced over the years. Hello!!!
    Our community as a whole can change this, but we can never blame anyone for their own robbery. Every person no matter their age is fully accountable for their actions. We should have the freedom to use our phones, ipads or laptops in public without fear…

  5. THANK YOU.

    Yes– these crimes should be addressed. Yes, just because it’s worse somewhere else, doesn’t mean it isn’t something to be concerned about.

    but some people here have been freaking out way too hard.

  6. Reaction – or “over reaction” – depends on perspective. If one is not somebody who walks home from a bus or train stop on the light-rail circuit and not susceptible to potential crime that takes place, one might perceive the concerns as over-hyped hysteria. If one was mugged or beaten for a phone or baseball cap, one might view the reactions by residents and the Seattle Police Department as understated.

  7. For the record, I don’t have a car, I live in rainier beach, and take buses and light rail every day.

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